Tracking Changes on Niche Web Sites

News about an update to Google Reader can’t compete with the buzz surrounding the launch of the iPad, but any feature that helps us mitigate information overload is good news in my opinion, especially if you happen to be a reference librarians or an information junkie. 

If your library keeps tabs on local events, regional politics, and other specialized topics, you may find yourself checking certain web sites constantly to make sure you haven’t missed a new event or regulation of potential interest to your patrons. Many forward-thinking organizations already publish their news in an RSS feed. However, if some of your favorite sites are still in the Dark Ages, it’s nice to know that Google Reader will automatically generate an RSS feed to track changes on sites that don’t provide a feed of their own. If Google Reader isn’t your preferred aggregator, it sounds like you can copy the URL of the feed that Google creates and add it to another reader.

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with RSS, it stands for Really Simple Syndication and RSS for Nonprofits by Marnie Webb will tell you everything you need to know about installing a feed reader on your desktop or creating an account at an online aggregation service.